Study: Bisexual men ‘on the down low’ risk poor mental health

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A new study shows bisexual men are far less likely to reveal their sexual orientation than gay men, and that keeping it a secret risks damaging their health.

In a study published by the American Psychological Association, researchers studied a group of bisexual men who seek partners “on the down low.”

They found that men who live with a wife or girlfriend, and who think of themselves as heterosexual but sometimes have sex with other men, are far more likely to conceal their same-sex behaviour.

Nearly 38% of the men studied said that they have not shared with anyone that they have sex with men.

Only 41% reported that they had confided in a best friend or parent.

The study also found that greater concealment of their sexual behaviour correlated with more symptoms of depression and anxiety, along with other emotional problems.